Evolving diversity. An overview of equitable Access to HE in Europe
The EQUNET project was conceived as an independent research and networking initiative, with an aim to increase access to Higher Education for all marginalised and non-traditional groups based on a principle of equity. With the help of European Commission funding under the Lifelong Learning Programme, the project has brought together a consortium of renowned research organisations and stakeholder representatives to work on the project, ensuring a sound methodological base for the research presented here, and a wide audience to which to distribute the recommendations. < Back
As originally conceived, the network has committed to research barriers arising as a result of:
- Educational background (issues revolving around recognition of non-formal and informal education, or nontraditional types of formal learning such as access for young persons who have been schooled at home, and distance learners)
- Socioeconomic conditions (issues revolving around access for people in employment, with family commitments, coming from divergent income groups, by level of dependency upon parents, etc.)
- Structural problems in Higher Education (dealing with issues such as curricula, governance structures, admissions standards, funding policies, etc.).
The project initially set out to analyse the degree and nature of these barriers for individuals from these five target groups: 'traditional’ students (i.e. 18-22 year olds), migrants, continuing learners (professionals building upon a degree), adult learners (without a degree or changing profession) and post-professionals (i.e. those at the end of the lifelong learning curve).